Confessions of an American Scholar was first published in 1970. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.
Professor O'Toole, a well-known American literary scholar (Simon O'Toole is a pseudonym), gives us a candid, amusing, and, on the whole, frightening look at what really goes on in academic life. He has taught at black and white colleges, private and public colleges, Ivy Leagues and brick colleges; and over the years he has found himself transformed from a good teacher and no scholar into a prolific scholar and a tired teacher. Along the way he fought Joe McCarthy and told his students to burn their draft cards. At the conclusion of his tale he makes some serious proposals for a solution to what he calls the mess of American education. At the core of his suggestions is the opinion that America needs less education instead of more, an idea that seems certain to evoke cries of treason from many of his academic brethren.